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Comparing Joe Biden's 1988 Presidential Campaign With His 2020 Run For The White House

August 21, 2019

Comparing Joe Biden's 1988 Presidential Campaign With His 2020 Run For The White House

With the 2020 election campaign well under way, the Democrats have a front runner, thanks in part to the name recognition Joe Biden acquired as senator, vice president, and a previous presidential candidate. On this edition of Update One, longtime Press Club member Irv Chapman interviews Larry Barrett, a veteran journalist who covered Biden's short-lived campaign in 1988, when Senator Gary Hart was a competitor and Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis won the nomination and ran against Republican Vice President George H.W. Bush. Barrett, who covered campaigns, elections and the White House for Time Magazine, and before that reported for the New York Herald Tribune, looks back at the strengths and weaknesses Biden displayed back then, and how they are impacting his performance so far this year.

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